From the outside looking in, Elizabeth had the perfect life. She had a family who loved her, numerous friends, and a successful career. No one knew the hurt, pain, and angst she hid inside, struggling to keep herself small so those around her would still like her.
It all came to a head on October 23, 2007, when her parents received a call that she was lying lifeless in the ICU in a hospital in Utah -- "You better get out here, your daughter is not going to make it." Fractured: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I've Learned Along the Way is the memoir of Elizabeth's recovery, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is about her deliberate decision to begin the hard work of finding and using her voice and the struggle to break out of the box that society tried to keep her in.
This is the story of what happens when one woman stared death in the face and decided to make a conscious choice not to go back to sleep, but to wake up and live the life she knew she was meant to live.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Antonucci is the founding director of the nonprofit company Step Up Chicago Playwrights and is on its advisory board. Through her charitable and nonprofit work, speaking engagements, and her book Fractured: My Journey Back From Death and the Lessons I've Learned Along the Way, she aims to share her experiences, promote acceptance and self-love, and help others find their authentic voice. Originally from Chicago she is a huge Cubs and Bulls fan. Elizabeth now lives in Clovis, California, with her fiancé, Brian, where she is practicing Real Estate and loves volunteering at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Fractured: My Journey Back From Death and the Lessons I've Learned Along The Way by Elizabeth Antonucci is a compelling memoir that explores the anatomy of fear and one woman’s courageous journey to wholeness. Elizabeth’s life may have seemed wonderful to those who weren’t close to her — not that she had many people to whom she permitted proximity — a wonderful woman with an artistic soul, but one threatened by a darkness within that could destroy her life. But when she comes to the brink of death, lying in a Utah hospital with everyone giving up hope of recovery, she makes the decision to travel the path towards wholeness, to embrace herself, and to choose the path she’s always wanted to walk. This is an inspiring story that teaches readers that they have the miraculous power to transform their lives in the conscious decisions they make. The author begins this wonderful narrative with a letter to the reader in which she makes a powerful revelation: “I don’t have many true fears in life. People who know me know I’m terrified of bridges and those grated things in the sidewalk.” In the first chapter, they learn about her blossoming skills in the theater and an accident in which the car she was in flipped and rolled seven times and she was ejected through the sunroof, landing fifty feet from the car. As the story moves on, the reader is drawn irresistibly into the inner world of the protagonist’s heart, her brokenness, hurts, and fears, a world that reflects a lot of the despair that cripples humanity. Then she leads them into the dramatic turn in her life. Elizabeth Antonucci writes with grace and confidence, and readers will love the intensity of the emotions described in this book, the insights, and the wonderful lessons the author shares. Fractured: My Journey Back From Death and the Lessons I've Learned Along The Way is a powerful call to readers to wake up and live their lives with purpose and without fear.
living life This book is inspiring and it makes one take a look at their life. The story is one that is written by the author about the author, and it's written in a way that's empowering. She uses her experience to share with others and how one pivotal moment shaped her life. It's one of those journeys that one may take when they have been faced with their own death. Life is meant to live, not to sleep through, and this story will tug at your heart and make you look at your own life.